Deadline extended for Special issue on How to Shape Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economies in the Developing World ─ Global, Regional, and Local Solutions

Editor: Linda Kleemann and Manfred Wiebelt, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Pablo Selaya, University of Copenhagen


We invite authors to submit papers for the special issue on "How to Shape Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economies in the Developing World ─ Global, Regional, and Local Solutions". This special issue’s topic is based on the PEGNet Conference 2013 ( which will be held in Copenhagen (Denmark) on October 17─18, 2013, but is also open to contributions not presented in the conference.

Economic growth has come largely at the expense of natural resource depletion and environmental degradation, and has not yet provided the basis for substantial reductions in economic and social inequality, which is why the concept of green growth has emerged to find ways to make growth compatible with environmental sustainability without neglecting social dimensions.

What is needed for this to happen is institutional reform and good policies, which aim to get prices right and fix markets, address coordination failures and knowledge externalities, and assign property rights and prices to environmental services.

Inclusive green growth policies are difficult to design and, even in the best case scenarios, are not a panacea for overcoming developing economies’ structural shortcomings that have been excluding the poor from the benefits of growth.

This raises several questions: How to tailor inclusive green growth strategies to a country’s specific circumstances, with an emphasis on maximizing local and immediate benefits for the poor? How to implement policy changes and strategies in scenarios where groups that do not benefit from the adjustments make decided efforts to block reforms?

In particular, but not exclusively, we invite contributions that provide answers to the following questions:

  • What lessons can be learned from existing poverty reduction strategies about the scope for making social, economic and environmental objectives mutually reinforcing?
  • What mix of regulatory, market-based and informative instruments is needed to facilitate the transition towards green growth which is pro-poor and inclusive?
  • Are there models of agriculture, which can sustainably meet increased demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber while respecting resource scarcities and the integrity of vital ecosystems?
  • What are the technological and financing needs for a green economy transition in agriculture, one that includes and benefits smallholder farmers, agricultural laborers and food security?
  • How can the international development community contribute to this?
  • How to shape consumer behavior towards green societies in developing and emerging regions?
  • How can business and policymakers work together to create a green and inclusive economy, and upscale green and inclusive employment and business models?
  • How can green and inclusive growth be modeled?
Deadline for Paper Submissions: November 30, 2013